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Poster: slugbucket Date: Oct 6, 2005 1:16pm
Forum: etree Subject: Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access

a friend sent me an email that had this to say,
which may shine some light on the reason why
some of us were unable to access the internet achive.

Nationwide blackout a clear attempt to shut down free speech

Prison Planet | October 5 2005

Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access to all of Alex Jones' flagship websites across the entire United States.

We were first alerted to this problem early this morning when several locals in Austin reported that they were unable to access Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com or Prison Planet.tv.

Austin Time Warner had previously shut down access to our websites on a whim, claiming they were 'hate material' but in all cases had quickly restored them after receiving complaints.

However, this latest attack on free speech is occurring nationwide, with Time Warner subscribers from New York to California reporting that their access to the websites is being blocked.

The last attempt to shut us down came shortly after the London Bombings, which saw our traffic go through the roof after we released a plethora of articles exposing government involvement.

The consequence of this is that Prison Planet.com alone on some days gets more hits than the Britney Spears website or Rush Limbaugh.

Previously we reported that UK ISPs like Tiscali were blocking their subscribers from accessing the website after the 7/7 bombings.

It is obvious that those in high places are showing their disapproval. This only vindicates all the information we have been putting out.

How can a website that merely reports and comments on mainstream media articles be described as 'hate' unless there's a different agenda afoot? How can Bill O'Reilly get on Fox News and call for assassinating Prime Ministers and Pat Robertson on the 700 Club do the same and yet we get censored for being hateful? We have never called for violence against anyone and actively encourage peaceful exchange of information.

This is part of a growing trend of authoritarian censorship of the Internet in preparation for the emergence of Internet 2, where only government approved websites will be allowed to exist and the old Internet will be shut down.

Monolithic corporations in lock-step with government are following the Chinese model, where any website mildly anti-establishment is immediately shut down and its owners arrested. The vast majority of Internet cafes in China were shut down in 2002 after the government started a fire in one Beijing cafe and then demanded all the rest be shut down for 'safety reasons'.

Under anti-terrorism laws in Italy, Internet cafe owners are forced to take photo ID's of all their customers and install key-logging and filter software which blocks any websites the government chooses.

Today's actions by Time Warner fall into the same category. The First Amendment is under siege by jack-booted totalitarians in suits that graciously lick the boots and follow the orders of the establishment lackeys.

In 2002 Dell Computers cancelled an order placed by Weigand Combat Handguns because the company name triggered a security alert. The word 'combat' was not accepted by Dell's post-9/11 security alert system. This is an example of the inane and sweeping nature of these filtrations systems and the blanket idiocy applied to these cases.

We are urging all our readers (not that you will even be able to read this if you subscribe to Time Warner!) to boycott any Time Warner/Road Runner ISP service and cancel your subscription with them. They have proven themselves time and time again to be an anti-American freedom hating tool of the establishment.

We urge you to double your efforts in spreading the truth. Copy and distribute our artcles more than ever. We are under a direct assault, the only response needs to be a massive and powerful counter-offensive. To all alternative media websites, please post this article as we are all in the same boat, we are all under enemy fire.

If Time Warner do not immediately restore subscribers' access to our websites we will initiate a wider boycott campaign. They are already receiving a deluge of complaints and according to some are now claiming that this is an 'error' that they are looking into and citing other websites that have also been affected, even though these websites are having no problems.
We will update this article as and when Time Warner restores access to Alex Jones' websites. If they fail to do so we will carry telephone numbers and e mail addresses for people to make their complaints

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Poster: tlok Date: Oct 6, 2005 3:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access

Interesting. I'm in Austin, on TW/RoadRunner, and had no problems accessing one of those sites this morning, and I just now checked all three sites and had no problems either.

As a matter of fact, a friend of mine who works at RR/Austin responded back to me (I was waiting on their response before posting) and said it's not their policy to censor websites - that if people complain about a website, the tech support people will try to nicely say "if you are offended, don't visit that site" (which makes perfect business sense - if they go and block some sites simply because a few people complained, they'd end up upsetting more customers, and it would just round and round.).

He did send me a link to this article:
http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/05/2247207&tid=95&tid=187&tid=4

that mentions a couple of Tier 1 ISPs are bickering and it's causing connection problems for some people. I don't understand the article (or even really what a Tier 1 ISP is), but either way, I am able to access those sites just fine.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Oct 7, 2005 1:24am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, is affected by backbone dispute

Right, it's not about censorship, it's about some kind of business dispute by others that is affecting ISPs. This article mentions Road Runner as an affected ISP:
http://news.com.com/Blackout+shows+Nets+fragility/2100-1038_3-5890424.html

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2005-10-07 08:24:59

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Poster: jcgiro Date: Oct 6, 2005 9:35pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access

Correct me if I'm wrong but the first amendment deals with freedom of speech as it pertains to the government. i'm not for what Time Warner is doing but you have a choice as to if you want to subscribe to them and if they don't carry the sites you want then move on.

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Poster: laowai Date: Oct 6, 2005 9:38pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Time Warner's ISP, Road Runner, has blocked access

I think people tend to miss the point when referring to net-censorship in China. Yes the government do block a lot of sites, there is a great deal of censorship and some netcafes have been shut down.It's not a great situation

HOWEVER, consider that anyone can sign up to an ISP (if they have the money) and it doesn't take a great deal of effort to use a proxy server to get past the Great Firewall.

ALSO, consider how little freedom of information the Chinese had before the internet arrived. None whatsoever.

I'm not an apologist for the PRC govt, just a realist. When all is said and done the USA & UK are equally as controlling of information in their own way. Any journalist in the UK worth their salt will wax lyrical about govt D notices (state sanctioned censure).

I should add - no problems accessing Alex's websites from China (naturally).